Is it possible to measure the costs and benefits of migration? Are economists biased about the topic of migration? What are the current frontiers of labour economics? How to make good policy from an economic analysis?
Conversation with George J. Borjas, the Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Professor Borjas was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics in 2011. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Fellow at IZA. Professor Borjas is the author of several books, including Immigration Economics (Harvard University Press, 2014), Heaven's Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy (Princeton University Press, 1999), and the widely used textbook Labor Economics (McGraw-Hill, 2016), now in its seventh edition. His latest book is We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative, published by W. W. Norton in Fall 2016. He has also published over 150 articles in books and scholarly journals. His professional honors include citations in Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in America. Professor Borjas was elected a fellow of the Econometric Society in 1998 and a fellow of the Society of Labor Economists in 2004. In 2016, Politico listed Professor Borjas #17 in the list of the 50 "thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics...For telling it like it really is on immigration." He received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 1975.